The Kansas Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Health Care Toolkit was developed by the Public Health Law Center for NAMI Kansas and the Kansas Health Foundation. Members of the TTTF team were invited to present at the 39th annual Conference for Behavioral Health in Manhattan, Kansas with support from The National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI Kansas where they met with toolkit contributor Rick Cagan. The toolkit contains Kansas-specific examples and case studies for behavioral health and substance use providers and features TTTF (page 43).
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is 1 of 8 CDC National Networks working to eliminate cancer and tobacco disparities. In their “Toolkit” they expand on TTTF’s program, featuring our impact in training, knowledge gain, and support to centers. They also feature the TTTF program video which highlights the successes of Billy T. Cattan, an outpatient substance use treatment center working with TTTF.
Dr. Lorraine Reitzel, Lead Investigator, Discusses the TTTF Program in the Texas 21 Webinar
Texas 21 is a group of organizations whose mission it is to prevent tobacco use. As 95 percent of smokers start before age 21, Texas21 hopes to do this by raising the legal tobacco sale age from 18 to 21. On December 6, 2018, Dr. Lorraine Reitzel (Principal Investigator) spoke at their Statewide Health Disparities Webinar where she discussed the disproportionate rate of tobacco use among those with substance use disorders and the benefits of implementing state-wide programs like TTTF. See the webinar below.
On February 01, 2019, TTTF worked with Santa Maria Hostel at both their Jacquelyn House and Bonita House locations to kick off the day the center became tobacco free! Santa Maria Hostel is one of Texas’ largest multi-site residential and outpatient addiction treatment for centers, and we are so grateful for the chance to work with them on this project! The kick-off event featured carbon monoxide screenings, dissemination of educational materials, and TTTF cupcakes and giveaway items to garner motivation for the initiative.
“Our aim is to change the landscape of how tobacco use is addressed within substance use treatment centers and other community agencies that serve their clientele”
Many states have made great strides in addressing tobacco use in behavioral health treatment settings. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control highlights some of these state programs, including the TTTF program in Texas, in a report which can be used as a resource by tobacco control and behavioral health programs. In particular, TTTF’s clinician and staff training and provision of nicotine replacement therapies are highlighted (page 3).
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is a group of organizations and individuals working to provide resources to organizations to reduce tobacco use and cancer among people with mental health and illnesses. On February 7th, 2017, Dr. Lorraine Reitzel (Principal Investigator), Dr. Lam Cho (former Principal Investigator), Mr. Timothy Stacey (Project Collaborator), and Mr. Bryce Kyburz (Project Collaborator) of TTTF presented the need for a state-wide tobacco cessation program and the impact of TTTF in the context of tobacco & cancer control. They addressed the consequences of tobacco use, the susceptibility of those in behavioral health care settings to tobacco and the need to counter this, and details of the TTTF project.
Research has shown that those with substance use disorders are more likely to smoke and are disproportionately affected by tobacco-related diseases. Consequently, it has been in the interest of leaders in state and tobacco programs to increase prevention and tobacco cessation efforts for this population. In response to this interest, SAMHSA created a resource that provides evidence in support of integrating tobacco control in behavioral health settings. TTTF’s provision of nicotine replacement therapy to participating centers is cited as one method of state-level tobacco cessation support (page 2).